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The Luxury Hotel Insider:Exclusive luxury hotel deals, features and special rates from the luxury hotel experts at Five Star Alliance.

Named one of Tripbase's Best Luxury Travel Blogs for 2011, below are Five Star Alliance's newest articles featuring exclusive information on luxury hotels worldwide including special offers and deals at the world's best hotels.

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For a limited time (through December 17, 2018), the Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa is offering a complimentary fourth night* for guests that stay three nights. In addition to the fourth night promotion, guests booking through Five Star Alliance also receive exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks. Continue reading below the photo.

Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa

Amidst the picturesque red rocks of Sedona, Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa offers an idyllic setting for hiking, mountain biking, and golfing. There's signature activities like Woga--a combination of walking and yoga, stargazing, guided meditation, chanting, vortex lectures, and walks through the canyon with conservationists. For those looking to get in touch with their creative side, the property offers creative photography and watercolor sessions with the resort's resident artist, as well as cooking classes and food & wine pairing sessions. Continue reading below the photo.

Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa

Guests of the resort receive exclusive private golf club access to the Seven Canyons Golf Course. Plus, the Mii Amo, Destination Spa is recognized for treatments designed to create balance, harmony, and well-being. Learn more about the exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Golf at Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for two daily at any restaurant or through room service (maximum $30 credit per person/per day) and a $100 credit towards golf or spa services per room/per stay.

*Please note: To book the complimentary fourth night promotion, search for four night stays, booking and travel must be completed by December 17, 2018. Offer subject to availability.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Providing a classic New England experience year-round, Stowe Mountain Lodge offers a luxury retreat in Vermont. Featuring four seasons of activities, the ski-in/ski-out resort is surrounded by natural beauty, with 36 holes of golf on two unique courses, spa, and a variety of activities like ziplining and snowshoeing. Continue reading below the photo. 

Stowe Mountain Lodge at Winter

For an exclusive setting that is ideal for families or groups looking for more privacy, the resort's Four Bedroom Mountain Cabin is a slopeside condo with four bedrooms spread throughout three levels. Two of the bedrooms are master bedrooms with king beds, and connecting en-suite bathrooms offering over-sized bathtubs. The other two bedrooms (one with a queen-sized bed and the other with a twin-over-double bunk bed) are located on the patio level with an additional full bathroom. While the walk-out patio has a hot tub with panoramic views. 

Within the cabin there are two living spaces for gathering to relax or socialize. There's a stone fireplace, large windows with mountain vistas, and LCD TVs. Read more below the living room photo.

Mountain Cabin Living Room at Stowe Mountain Lodge

In addition, the cabin has a full gourmet kitchen with New England styling, and all the appliances needed to create in-cabin meals to remember. Plus, an adjacent dining room with Vermont views. Read more below the photo.

Mountain Cabin Gourmet Kitchen at Stowe Mountain Lodge

Stowe Mountain Lodge is located at the base of Mount Mansfield. Amidst green mountains, the resort offers an authentic landscape with four distinct seasons. Influenced by local culture and style, the property provides alpine luxury surrounded by lakes, woodlands, covered bridges, and rustic architecture. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include Vermont breakfast for two daily in Solstice Restaurant and a $100 food and beverage credit per room/per stay.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Featured Journeys: Oregon Mountains to Vineyards

Situated in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon offers seven diverse regions including mountains, high desert, cities, valleys, and beaches. On the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains is the high desert, in the middle of the state is Portland, and less than an hour west of downtown Portland is the Willamette Valley known for Pinot Noir. 

In this edition of Featured Journeys, we explore a multi-stop itinerary to explore Oregon's vast variety of landscapes, climates, and activities, while highlighting three top luxury hotels ideal for this adventure. 

Bend, Oregon

This high-desert mountain town offers a variety of outdoor adventures. Known for 300 days of sunshine and crisp, cool evenings, Bend is sometimes referred to as the "outdoor playground of the West" with hiking, mountain biking, skiing at Mt. Bachelor or meandering through Bend's ancient lava tubes. Beer enthusiasts will want to check out the Bend Ale Trail, and The Huffington Post named Bend as one of the top cities with the most eateries per capita. Plus, there's a variety of award-winning wineries and tasting rooms, as well as art galleries in the Old Mill District. 

Sunriver Resort

The Sunriver Resort

Located at the foothills of the Cascades, Sunriver Resort is an ideal place to begin an Oregon adventure. Situated about 180 miles southeast of the Portland International Airport (and 137 miles souteast of the Eugene Airport), the resort is home to four of the state's top golf courses, including Crosswater, Meadows, and The Woodlands. Guests have access to more than 40 miles of biking and hiking trails, plus kayaking, rock climbing, skiing, and white water rafting. For relaxation, there's a full-service spa and salon, as well as a variety of on-site dining options ranging from casual to chef-prepared local cuisine. 

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Portland

Proud to be a unique city, Portland has a variety of nicknames including the Rose City, Beervana, and Bridgetown. Home to the world's largest independent bookstore, with a thriving food scene, and appreciation for the arts, Portland is a walkable city with new flavors to explore around every corner. Set along the Willamette River close to the Oregon and Washington border, Portland is a green city where you can see Mount Hood on a clear day, drive to the Pacific Ocean in just over an hour, or head to the vineyards of the Willamette Valley. There's trees and green spaces galore, and the public transportation system provides an efficient and green way to get around. 

The Sentinel

The Room at the End of Hall at The Sentinel

Providing a convenient location in the heart of downtown, The Sentinel offers a historic setting steps from a trolley stop, and some of the city's top restaurants. Occupying two historic buildings, the Seward Hotel and the Portland Elks Lodge, the property mixes the architecture of the National Historic Landmark with luxury boutique amenities and locally-infused accents like Pendleton throw blankets on the beds and local snacks in the minibar. Jake's Grill has an American steakhouse grill feel, and Jacknife serves crafted cocktails just off the lobby. Five Star Alliance recently had the opportunity to visit the property, learn more about the hotel in the article, Historical Luxury at The Sentinel

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Willamette Valley

Less than an hour outside of Portland, the Willamette Valley offers a wine-filled retreat. With the Oregon Coast to the West and the Cascades to the East, and the Willamette River flowing through the region, the valley is an idyllic setting for growing Pinot Noir. Home to more than 150 wineries and tasting rooms in towns like Newburg, Dundee, and McMinnville, the Willamette Valley was selected as 2016 Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiasts. In addition to wine, the picturesque area is home to a variety of restaurants serving chef-prepared cuisine with a focus on local ingredients such as hazelnuts and marionberries. 

The Allison Inn & Spa

In the heart of the Willamette Valley, The Allison Inn & Spa provides a luxurious setting amidst its own vineyards, minutes from some of the area's top vineyards and tasting rooms. There's a full-service spa with signature "Pinotherapy" treatments focused on the energies and healing benefits of the region's pinot noir grapes, flowers, and herbs. The indoor pool is surrounded by windows with a skylight and sun terrace, and the award-winning JORY Restaurant is known for seasonal farm-to-table dining paired with an extensive selection of Willamette Valley wines. Five Star Alliance recently had the opportunity to visit the property, learn more about the hotel in the article, Relaxing Retreat at The Allison Inn & Spa.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Set along the soft white sands of a turquoise-hued lagoon, Constance Belle Mare Plage is a luxury resort providing a high-end setting in Mauritius. Offering beachfront luxury, the recently renovated resort has two golf courses, a full-service spa, kids' club, and four swimming pools, making it an ideal retreat for travelers of all ages. Read more about the resort below the pool photo. 

Beachfront luxury at Constance Belle Mare Plage

For accommodations, guests can choose from 104 Prestige Rooms, 149 Junior Suites, 6 Deluxe Suites, 18 Villas, or the Presidential Villa. Facing the Indian Ocean, accommodations are located in buildings of no more than three floors. Featuring modern island styling, all rooms and suites have furnished terraces or balconies, air conditioning, TVs with satellite channels, minibars, Apple mac minis, safes, desks, sitting areas, and laundry facilities. Within the rooms there's luxurious bathrooms with showers, bathtubs, and water closets. Continue reading below the photo of the Deluxe Suite. 

Deluxe Suite at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Surrounded by tropical gardens, the resort's beach is protected by an offshore coral reef, providing visitors with an ideal location for snorkeling, water sports, and swimming. There are catamaran sundowner cruises, underwater walks, and parasailing experiences, plus cooking classes where guests can learn to make local cuisine. In addition, the resort has four floodlit tennis courts, table tennis, French bowling, mini golf, and two 18-hole championship golf courses, all with complimentary access for resort guests. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Consisting of 34 freestanding suites, Eden Roc at Cap Cana is the only Relais & Chateaux property in the Dominican Republic. Mixing Spanish colonial style with Riviera-inspired design, the property offers guests privacy and the exclusive Caleton Beach Club. Surrounded by a tropical forest, the property has towering cliffs, pristine beaches, marina, and a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course. Continue reading below the photo.

Three Bedroom Royale Villa at  Eden Roc at Cap Cana

Throughout the property there are six bars and restaurants each with a distinctive personality, including the Mediterraneo Restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine crafted with items flown-in from Europe. La Palapa offers seafood with views of the Caribbean, and the BLUE Grill + Bar provides Japanese and Peruvian fusion dishes. Read more below the photo.

La Palapa at Eden Roc at Cap Cana

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a $100 food and beverage credit, bottle of champagne, and fresh fruit platter. Also, based on availability, an early check-in and late check-out. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Perched on a hillside along the Pacific Coast, Monarch Beach Resort celebrates the California Coastal lifestyle. From private beachfront dining at Michael Mina's Stonehill Tavern to surf lessons on the beach, the property embodies a SoCal way of life. Fresh off a $40 million transformation, guest rooms and suies feature ocean-inspired furnishings by Rodrigo Vargas Design, and the family-friendly property has a kids club and family pool with splash zones. In addition, the resort offers a variety of signature experiences for all interests. Continue reading more below the resort photo.

Outdoor Pool at the Monarch Beach Resort

Four Signature Experiences at Monarch Beach Resort

1. Miraval "Life in Balance" Spa

Overlooking the ocean with private beach access, the recently opened spa provides an array of treatments, services, and programs focused on health and wellness to reinvigorate the mind, body, and spirit. 

2. Monarch Beach Golf Links

The 18-hole championship course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., is an award-winning course. Set along the ocean, the 6,600-yard course has the Club 19 Restaurant and Grill, Mindful Golf Programs, and a top-ranked golf boutique. Read more below the photo.

Monarch Beach Resort

3. Miraval Tea

Focused on a healthful experience, the Miraval Tea is a high tea experience that includes chef-created lighter menu items, as well as custom blended teas like the Monarch Beach SoCal Citrus and Prickly Pear Black Tea. In addition, the tea includes spa access and $50 off a spa service. 

4. Surf, Body Board, and Body Surf Classes

Led by the area's top instructors, guests can experience quintessential beach activities by partaking in a class to learn how to surf, body board, or body surf.

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Monarch Beach Resort


| By: Rachael Weir

Offering a landmark setting in South Florida, The Biltmore Coral Gables is surrounded by 150 acres of tropical gardens. Home to one of the largest pools on the East Coast of the United States, the historic hotel offers a full-service European Spa, award-winning restaurants, and tennis. Minutes from downtown Miami and Miami Beach, The Biltmore is close to beaches, as well as upscale shopping and dining in downtown Coral Gables. Continue reading below the photo for 5 Reasons to Stay at The Biltmore Coral Gables, as well as special perks for Five Star Alliance guests. 

Outdoor Pool at The Biltmore Coral Gables

1. Biltmore Golf

Designed by Donald Ross in 1925, the Biltmore Golf Course is a 6,800-yard, 18-hole, par-71, championship course. Offering membership options, guests have access to the course, as well as the Biltmore Golf Academy, Jim McLean Golf School, and the Golf Shop. For children, there's a Junior Development Program, as well as a Kids Summer Camp. Continue reading below the photo. 

Golf Course at The Biltmore Coral Gables

2. The Biltmore Culinary Academy 

Opened in 2009, the resort's recreational cooking school offers a variety of classes and team-building events for both children and adults. Ideal for aspiring chefs of all ages, students are actively involved of every aspect of the food preparation, which concludes with a meal consisting of student-created recipes. 

The Biltmore Culinary Academy

3. The Spa

Offering a luxurious setting with a boutique, and a full range of services such as body treatments, massages, facials, hair and makeup services, makeup application, waxing, and microblading, the spa at the Biltmore provides a sanctuary for relaxation and rejuvenation. Within the spa there's also the Benessere at The Biltmore wellness program with special spa, dining, and fitness programs. 

Couples Spa Suite at The Biltmore Coral Gables

4. Children's Programs

From sports-focused programs to cooking classes, the resort offers a range of kid-focused activities. At the Biltmore Culinary Academy for Kids there are children's hands-on classes, along with family cooking classes. Plus, there are Golf Summer Camps and tennis lessons for children 7 to 14. 

5. Dining

The Biltmore Hotel offers multiple restaurants and dining options, including a popular Sunday Brunch and classic Afternoon Tea. For fine dining, Palme D'Or serves French cuisine, and Fontana specializes in Italian dishes. Plus, there's casual outdoor dining at Cascade, and the 19th Hole has golf course views. Continue reading below the photo about special perks for Five Star Alliance guests. 

Palm D'Or Restaurant at The Biltmore Coral Gables

Five Star Alliance Perk:  Guests booking  "Best Available" and "Signature" rate plans with Five Star Alliance will receive full breakfast for two daily in the Fontana Restaurant, a $100 spa treatment credit per room, per stay, and a welcome in-room fruit and chocolate amenity. Also, based on availability at the time of check-in/departure, a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Overlooking the golf course, the Master Suite at Keswick Hall at Monticello is the resort's largest suite and offers a living room ideal for entertaining, spacious bathroom with a separate soaking tub and shower, plus a large terrace. Within the suite's master bedroom, there is a luxurious handmande king bed by Hypnos with premium bedding and Frette linens. In the master bathroom, there's an oversized soaking tub, heated towel racks, luxe bathrobes, and Molton Brown bath amenities. Continue reading below the photo of the bedroom in the Master Suite. 

Master Suite Bedroom at Keswick Hall at Monticello

The spacious living room has a sitting area with a sofa and chairs, as well as a flat-screen TV with a DVD/CD player (movies available at the reception desk). There's also a dining table with seating, desk, minibar with locally-sourced snacks and beverages, Nespresso machine, and a laptop-size safe. Read more about the property below the photo of the living room in the Master Suite. 

Master Suite Living Room at Keswick Hall at Monticello

Framed by the Blue Ridge Mountains, Keswick Hall at Monticello is minutes from Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and the University of Virginia. The historic 48-room property is nestled amongst 600 acres with a variety of outdoor recreation options such as archery with three on-site regulation targets, three outdoor pools, including one infinity pool with a waterfall feature, croquet, badminton, bocce, hot air balloon rides, and garden tours. There's also the Keswick Hunt Club and Kenswick's Tennis and Aquatic Center, which was ranked as the #5 Mid-Atlantic Resort by Tennis Magazine. Plus, the Keswick Golf Club with Pete Dye's award-winning Full Cry Golf Course. Nearby the property, there are more than 25 wineries, breweries, and cideries nearby. 

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Hounds on the grounds of Keswick Hall at Monticello


| By: Rachael Weir

Situated amidst 150 acres of tropical gardens, The Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables offers an iconic setting with championship golf, Culinary Academy, and one of the largest heated pools on the East Coast of the U.S.A. Featuring two fine dining options--the Palme D'Or with French cuisine, and Fontana with an Italian menu, the property also has a well-known Sunday Brunch and Afternoon Tea, as well as casual poolside and golf course dining. The historic hotel has a European Spa with body treatments, massages, facials, hair and nail services, waxing, blading, and the Benessere Wellness Program with Mediterranean-infused cuisine & wellness activities. Plus the hotel offers special perks for Five Star Alliance guests. Continue reading below the photo.

The Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables

Guest rooms and suites at the grand hotel feature Old World glamour infused with modern amenities such as plush beds with European feather bedding, 340-thread-count linens, flat-screen TVs, and comfortable sitting areas. There are oversized windows with views of Coral Gables, the swimming pool, or golf course, and bathrooms have Frette robes and bamboo orchid towels. Read about special offers for Five Star Alliance guests below the photo. 

Golf Suite at The Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking the "Best Available Rate" with Five Star Alliance will receive full breakfast for two daily at the Fontana Restaurant (excluding Sunday Brunch), $100 spa treatment credit, welcome in-room fruit and chocolate amenity, plus VIP status. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Situated within the 15,000-acre PUNTACANA Resort & Club, the Westin Puntacana offers three miles of Caribbean white-sand beaches, along with a range of activities including golf, tennis, voluntarism, and water sports. Guest rooms and suites feature modern, ocean-inspired decor with sleek dar wood furniture, marble floors, balconies with sitting areas, and Westin Heavenly Beds. There are three on-site restaurants: Anani Restaurant with international cuisine, Brassa Grill & Bar with a beachside setting and traditional American fare, and the Cigar & Rum Bar. The hotel offers an Activity Program that includes a range of daily offerings for guests ranging from yoga on the beach to Latin Mix cardio at the swimming pool. Discover more of the resort's top amenities below the photo.

Westin Puntacana Resort & Club

Top Reasons to Stay at Westin Puntacana Resort & Club:

Six Senses Spa

Recently revitalized, the spa offers an internationally influenced revitalization experience with a variety of treatments including a special spa menu for kids and teens, along with in-room spa treatments. The spa features a relaxation area, along with a sauna, steam bath, and ice bucket shower. Plus, an array of wellness activities including yoga and meditation. 
 

Two Golf Courses

The seaside resort offers guests 45 championship holes of golf, including six ocean front holes and 14 holes with views of the ocean. The Corales Golf Club is a Tom Fazio-designed course that culminates at the Devil's Elbow, while La Cana Golf Club is an eco-friendly P.B. Dye-designed course wtih 27 holes. After golf, guests have access to La Cana Golf & Beach Club's 19th Hole Terrace designed by island native, Oscar de la Renta. There's also golf pro shps with a range of upscale golfing apparel and gear, plus tournaments and professional advice. 

Oscar de la Renta Tennis Center

The resort's tennis center has nine clay courts, and one Har Tru court. Guests can scheduled lessons on a daily basis, and there are tennis summer camps offered from June to August. 

Water Sports

Guests have access to the Blue Vision Adventures and Kite Club Punta Cana water sports and activities, which include PADI, kayaking, snorkeling, waterskiing, and private cruises. 

Voluntarism

The resort provides oppportunities for visitors to give back to the local community with a variety of volunteer positions. Available for groups, students, and individuals, some of the experiences including educational days teaching english and music and the community center, medical missions, games sports exchanges, assisting with daily activities at the Childcare Yess Kinder and La Milagrosa Maternal and Child Center, as well as supporting the Nuestra Senora del Carmen Nursing Home, and Coral Reef Restoration Programs. 

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Westin Puntacana Resort & Club Guest Room


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